ACTIVITIES FOR THE STUDENT WITH THE SUPPORT VOLUNTEER
1. Hold a “Discovering Family Life” discussion with the student:
- Ask the student to talk about what they have observed as similarities and
differences in the family life back at home and in the host family.
- What are the relationships of parents and children like?
- Who makes rules?
- How does the family spend time together?
- What activities does the family do together?
- How do the meals work?
2. Use the D.I.V.E model to conduct the “Mapping My School” activity with the student:
Ask the student to talk about what similarities and differences they have seen
between their home school and host school, repeating the “Mapping My
Homes” activity, but focusing on the schools this time. Remember that
physical layout can have a big impact on the school experience and can reveal
things about the culture. Ask questions such as:
- How is the school life organized?
- How much homework do students normally get? What type of
homework do students usually get?
- What is the relationship between students and teachers like?
- What happens when a teacher enters the room?
- How are teachers addressed?
- Does the communication between students and teachers go beyond
Discuss the school experience with the student especially if they talk about
challenges at school. Ask questions such as:
- What are the attitudes toward students studying together?
- Is there a difference in what is perceived as “cheating” in the two
- What differences are there in how grades are assigned? What values
does this seem to reflect?
HOST STUDENT AND FAMILY ACTIVITY
Give both the student and the host family the Monthly Reflection Activities
Handout 3 “Values and Behaviors” (in Resources) with instructions to do the
values and behaviors exercise together.